Make a Move Toward God:: Abiding in Christ {Day 1}

Welcome to Abiding in Christ–when reading the Bible isn’t an option.

Scroll down to read Day 1.

Click to read the other days, I’ll be adding a link to each day once it goes live.

Prologue: Joy Is Awaiting You

Video Trailer: A Humorous Sneek Peek at a Mom’s Devotional Life

Day 1: Make a Move Toward God (today’s post–scroll past image to read)

Day 2: This is How God Views You

Day 3: It Only Gets Better From Here

Day 4: What 8,000 Years of Dwelling with God Looks Like

Day 5: A Sunday Scripture (And a Gift for You!)

Day 6: God Isn’t Big Brother

Day 7: Video: The One Thing that Makes All the Difference (and a video linkup!)

Day 8: Join The Spirit’s School of Abiding

Day 9: Video: We’re Always Heading Home: A Chat with Kate Motaung

Day 10: Caring for Jesus

Day 11: The Words of Life

Day 12: When It Storms, Give Thanks (Scripture Art)

Day 13: A Call to Rest

Day 14: 3 Ways to See God Work in Your Life

Day 15: MORE Resources to Deepen Your Relationship with Jesus

Day 16: Putting Faith Into Actions

Day 17: What to Do When You Want to Escape Reality

Day 18: Spiritual Disciplines for the Rest of Us

Day 19: Better Than Life Itself

Day 20: Just Shut Up (Silence)

Day 21: Your New Normal (Testimony Tuesday)

Day 22: Fasting from Food to Feast on God (Fasting)

Day 23: Why You Should Build a Modern-Day Altar (Praying)

Day 24: Dare to Surrender (Surrender)

Day 25: This Is How You Scrub Toilets (Work)

Day 26: Living the Both-And Spiritual Life

Day 27: This Is Why I Sing (Worship)

Day 28: Breathing in the Word of God (Memorization)

Day 29: 10 Bible Verses on the Joy of God’s Presence (free printable)

Day 30: Celebrate the Good He Has Done (Celebration)

Day 31: Where Do We Go From Here?


move toward God

It doesn’t matter where you are.

It doesn’t matter how religious or experienced you may be.

Frankly, God doesn’t care so much what you’ve done in the past.

Today is always the beginning.

If you feel in your heart the yearning and desire to be close to God, to deepen your relationship with Him, to experience a whole new level of intimacy with Jesus and closeness with the Spirit, you have to do only one thing: move toward Him.

That’s it. Seek Him. Take one step toward Him, whatever that looks like in your life.

Whether it’s acknowledging His existence for the first time; repenting of something you know is grieving Him; setting aside a few moments every day to focus on Him; or just letting go of the shame and guilt of where you’ve been in the past–today take one step toward your Abba Father.

Because here’s the truth: God is continually beckoning, calling, urging us to draw near to Him. And He makes this beautiful, mind-blowing promise, that if we move toward Him, He will move toward us.

Draw near to God,
and He will draw near to you.
~James 4:8

He is waiting, eager for you to seek Him and have fellowship with Him.

Forget what has happened in the past. Don’t dwell on your failures or inadequacies.

Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
See, I {God} am doing a new thing!
~Isaiah 48:18-19

Today, if you do just one thing, if you accomplish only one thing, let it be this: that you sought the Lord with all your heart and opened yourself to the Spirit’s control.  God is waiting for you. He will meet you there.

Day 1 Challenge: Make a move toward God

Father, I’m so far from where I want to be. Forgive me for all the times I’ve made promises I couldn’t keep and tried to reach you through my own three-step process. Forgive me for wallowing in guilt and allowing my own pride to build a wall between us. Today, I want to start fresh. Create in me a clean heart, o God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Grant me the joy of Your salvation, and help me seek You as I go about my day. Thank You for Your promise to move toward me in grace and love. I love you.

Check out other faith & inspiration writers participating in the 31-day-series challenge and those who are writing on the same prompts hosted by Kate Motaung. So many great series going on this year!